Amph Superman Reccomendations

Discussion in 'Archive: SF&F: Books and Comics' started by DarkPrince, Jul 3, 2006.

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  1. DarkPrince Jedi Master

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    Ok, I've really been getting into the Superman comics lately, and I'll admit that its because of the movie. So, I'm looking for some reccomendations of some good comics. I don't really dig the older ones, so I'm looking for some excellent recent tellings of the Man of Steel. So far, I'm reading...."Superman For Tomorrow".

    Any other suggestions? I looked in the thread index and didn't find a thread like this, so I thought I'd make one. Thanks to anyone who helps.
  2. Son of the Suns Administrator Emeritus

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    I dropped the "For Tomorrow" arc around the middle. It just wasn't going anywhere.

    If you don't mind hunting for back issues, the most recent run on Action Comics and Superman "Up, Up and Away" has been very well received.

    I'd also suggest Kingdom Come and Infinite Crisis, although both are more about the DC Universe in general than just Superman.



  3. sidious618 Force Ghost

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    Hmm... Try to pick up the Batman/Superman trade paper backs.
  4. darth-sinister Manager Emeritus

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    Okay, the most important reads for the last twenty years.

    -Crisis On Infinite Earths. Two Supermen fight with a hoard of DC Comics heroes against a great threat.

    -Man Of Steel volumes 1-5. Everything you wanted to know about the Post Crisis era of Superman. First volume is the origin reboot, the rest are stories from the first year.

    -For All Seasons. A great look at Superman's beginnings, with a feeling of epic granduer like in the first half of the 78 film.

    -Birthright. A revamp of the origin in 03.

    -Kingdom Come. A look at an alternate future of the DCU, with a strong emphasis on Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

    -The Death & Return Of Superman trilogy. The epic 1992-93 storyarc, in three trade paperbacks.

    -Exile. Superman's self imposed exile into space.

    -DCU: The Works Of Alan Moore. Contains "Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow" and "For The Man Who Has Everything."

    -Superman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told. Two volumes out. One you have to order through Amazon, probably. The other is more current, but has some different stories than the original.

    -Action Comics #775. "What's So Funny About Truth & Justice?" featuring Superman vs the Elite. Can be found in Justice League Elite, volume one.

    -JLA: New World Order.

    -JLA: American Dreams.

    -JLA: Rock Of Ages.

    -JLA: Pain Of The Gods.

    -The four Superman/Batman trade paperbacks by Jeph Loeb and various artists.

    -Peace On Earth.

    -The Wedding & Beyond.

    -Unconventional Warfare.

    -That Healing Touch.

    -Who Is Ruin?

    -The OMAC Project & Sacrifice. Major arc between Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

    -Infinite Crisis (upcoming TPB). Sequel to the original Crisis.

    -Up, Up & Away.

    -Secret Identity. An alternate Earth version of Superman.


    That's a start.
  5. Soontir-Fel Force Ghost

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  6. Raven Administrator Emeritus

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    Personally, my favorite Superman arcs are:

    -The Death of Superman arc, and his return.
    -Red Son. (This is an alternate history, outside continuity)
    -All-Star Superman
    -Up, Up and Away!


    The last, the Up, Up and Away! arc is obviously heavily influenced by the movie, so people who see the movie could go pick up the comics and see similar things referenced. In my opinion, it's better than the movie. Seriously. The movie was pretty good, but it could have followed the storyboards for these comics and been absolutely the greatest comic books film ever, bar none, no questions asked.

    Up, Up, and Away! is an arc for new readers, and it's a hell of a lot of fun at the same time. I'm going to be getting the trade the day it comes out, and I have the singles.

    Honestly, I'm not much of a Superman fan, but Up, Up and Away! works really well.

    All-Star Superman is also really good, and this is coming from someone who doesn't like Grant Morrison. It has a very late golden age, early silver age feel.

  7. DarkPrince Jedi Master

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    Thanks for the suggestions everyone. There is a comic book store about 5-10 miles away from me. I should have some time to get down there and pick something up.

    Thanks again. Anymore are welcome. :)
  8. sidious618 Force Ghost

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    All-Star Superman is also really good, and this is coming from someone who doesn't like Grant Morrison. It has a very late golden age, early silver age feel.

    I liked 1 and 2 but I found 3 and 4 absolutely ridiculous.

    Up, Up and Away was pretty good, though.
  9. Soontir-Fel Force Ghost

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    Holy Moses. I remember when I was all excited for it and you said how you were "Meh" for your dislike of both Morrison and Quietly.

  10. Raven Administrator Emeritus

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    So far, I've only read 1 and 2.

    And "absolutely ridiculous" is how I would describe the majority of what Grant Morrison does. It's like he has a mystical connection with me, so he can see exactly what the plot points, character ideas, and story arcs I'm going to hate are and write them specifically to annoy me.
  11. sidious618 Force Ghost

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    Wait to you read 3 and 4. They have nothing to do with the story whatsoever.
  12. Ender Sai Chosen One

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    If you're coming from the film hype perspective, Superman: Peace on Earth is something you'll probably really enjoy.

    E_S
  13. Raven Administrator Emeritus

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    Ah. Kind of like how Xorn changed 100% completely in his X-Men run? No connection whatsoever to what GM himself had written about the character only a few issues previous.

    I hated that.

  14. weezer Jedi Grand Master

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    I'm rather fond of "Godfall" but thats just because I'm a big fan of Talent Caldwell. The story isn't exactly great but it is kind of fun.
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